Nonsense every night now: Rachel Maddow continued her cry for help on last night’s eponymous program.
Rather plainly, Maddow has decided to use “our friends at Fox News” as a nightly punching bag. Leaving aside the rest of last evening’s nonsense, let’s examine one part of her opening segment.
Maddow had the same peculiar look on her face she has had for weeks now. In the part of her opening segment shown below, she explained what will happen if the GOP takes control of the Senate.
Note the wild accusations aimed at Fox based on one statement by Chris Wallace—a single statement she had “edited” to hype its exciting effect:
MADDOW (11/3/14): President Obama has said that, after the election, he will take executive action without Congress on the issue of immigration. If you want to know what else is going to happen, right, if history is right and the Republicans have a great day tomorrow, if you want to know what else that is going to mean in your life and in our political life as a nation, our friends at Fox News are already so excited about the prospect of President Obama acting on the issue of immigration that they have started planning out loud for what they are going to do in response.To watch the full segment, click this.
What they are going to do in Congress if Republicans get control of both Houses of Congress starting tomorrow and then President Obama acts without them. They are already talking about what they are going to do in response.
I don’t want to give it away, but its initials are “impeachment.” They are already talking about impeachment:
WALLACE (videotape): The White House has basically said he’s going to, right after the election, the mid-terms, he is going to issue an executive action. And there’s talk, there was this big story in the Wall Street Journal this weekend, that he might take action that would delay deportation—in effect, give a permanent path, not to citizenship but legalization, to up to 4 million people.
I promise you, if he does that, if he by executive action goes against Congress and legalizes 4 million people who are in this country illegally, there is going to be a firestorm on Capitol Hill. You’re going to see calls for impeachment. (End of videotape)
MADDOW: Impeachment. They’re already calling for it. They’re already planning on it.
TONY PERKINS, FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL (audiotape): If the Republicans do capture the Senate, there’s no more excuses about impeachment. See, what we’ve heard so far is why we can’t do that because we would never get it through the Senate—the House could impeach him but the Senate would never convict. They would never—it would just be a waste of time.
Well, if they have control of the Senate, it won’t be. So we’ll see how they deal with this post-election if they happen to win the control of the Senate. (End of audiotape)
MADDOW: That’s Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council, a social conservative group.
Over at World Net Daily, your source for “Where’s the birth certificate” t-shirts and bumper stickers, it’s our old friend at World Net Daily, Tom Tancredo, banging the drum for impeachment there as well. Quote, "Given the likely new political circumstances post-November 4th, impeachment is no longer impractical.”
So on Fox News, on right-wing talk radio and the conservative blog world, they’ve already got it in motion as best as they can. Tomorrow, they take the Senate. The day after that, they start working toward impeachment.
Maddow presented one lone person from Fox—Chris Wallace, speaking on the mid-day program, Outnumbered. On the basis of that statement, in which Wallace predicts what others will do, Maddow said that “our friends at Fox News are already so excited about the prospect of President Obama acting on the issue of immigration that they have started planning out loud for what they are going to do in response.”
On Fox News, “they’ve already got it in motion as best as they can,” the increasingly crazy TV star said. “Tomorrow, they take the Senate. The day after that, they start working toward impeachment.”
Maddow based her cri de coeur on a single mid-day statement by Wallace. Needless to say, she had “edited” his statement to give his words extra impact:
FULLER TEXT OF WHAT WALLACE SAID (11/3/14): I promise you, if he does that, if he by executive action goes against Congress and legalizes 4 million people who are in this country illegally, there is going to be a firestorm on Capitol Hill. You’re going to see calls for impeachment—I don’t mean that necessarily they’ll do it, but there will be calls for it. You’re going to see lawsuits. There’s going to be howling that he has overstepped his executive authority. It’s going to be a big deal.To watch Wallace’s segment, click here.
Does anyone doubt that Wallace’s predictions are accurate? Of course, since Rachel wanted us to think that that “our friends at Fox” are spoiling for impeachment, she didn’t want you to see the highlighted passage, where Wallace says he only means that there will be calls for impeachment.
As the segment continued, Wallace listened to four Republican script-readers praising the GOP’s glorious efforts. Eventually, he broke in with his next statement:
WALLACE: But I think we’re letting Republicans off the hook here. And one of the reasons that they’re not going to pay a price for this is because, in the key battleground states [this year], Hispanics are not a very large voting bloc. They just aren’t in a lot of these states. The only one where they are is in Colorado.Those are all obvious statements too. Does it sound like Wallace—sorry, like “our friends at Fox”—have actually “started planning out loud” for their glorious drive toward impeachment?
You get to a presidential election and this is the fastest growing voter bloc in America. If you don’t somehow get Hispanics on your side, if you end up losing by 44 points, as Romney did to Obama in 2012, you might not get a Republican president.
Maddow has never had a discernible clue about domestic politics. That said, she’s an excellent salesperson, one who is especially good at the project of selling herself.
In recent weeks, an illness has invaded her TV show. The show is now a loud train wreck, night after night after night.
To our eye, the host of this program doesn’t seem especially well. It’s a shame that no one is in charge at The One True Liberal Channel.
Alas! The IQ of the liberal world falls farther down into the well.
Just for the record: Even if Republicans take the Senate, Perkins’ statement doesn’t make sense. It takes 67 votes to convict a president on an impeachment charge.
Needless to say, Maddow didn’t explain that basic fact. Blunderbuss and hype to the side, she almost never does.